By Devin Duckworth | December 23rd, 2010
It starts with three brothers, a cousin, and a southern Texas upbringing. That is Hacienda. With the musical essence of The Beatles and The Beach Boys, it’s no wonder how much of a musical success these guys have become. Good fortune sure has been Hacienda’s destiny.
Before Hacienda was signed, a demo of six songs landed in the hands of Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, and who better than Auerbach to lead them into the famed world of unprecedented rock n’ roll? Soon after, they were traveling across Texas opening for The Black Keys and Dr. Dog, gaining exposure and fan adoration along the way. Under Auerbach’s watch, Hacienda would write and arrange more than twenty songs, sending him demos periodically in preparation for their debut album, ultimately recording in Auerbach’s studio in Akron, Ohio.
Jaime Villanueva, Hacienda’s talented drummer and a personal friend of mine, is adorably modest about their success, but deep down he must know how great they truly are. With their first album, Loud is the Night (2008) being more pop-based with catchy hip-swaying tracks, it came as no surprise that, two years after getting on Auerbach’s radar, they produced Big Red and Barbacoa, which contained a more rugged, southern rock n’ roll aesthetic.
On Big Red and Barbacoa you will find a variety of garage tracks that make you want to stomp your feet and clap your hands. Although their influences stem from artists of the past, they have managed to add elements of R&B, funk, stoner rock, and a little bit of regional Tex-Mex to create something modern and uniquely their own.
These guys push the limits of everyday rock n’ roll and bring something new to the table that is worth being recognized. Not only does this album bring out the southern Texan in me, it makes me crave the essential elements that this album reflects on: love, Mama’s Cookin, Big Red, and Barbacoa’s.